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20 MAY 2018

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Spike O’Sullivan Forces Berlin Abreu To Quit After 3 Rounds


By Jason Pribila CARSON, California – When news broke that Canelo Alvarez may be suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, thus jeopardizing his May 5 rematch against Gennady Golovkin, Gary Spike O’Sullivan’s name was mentioned as a popular choice to step up to face “GGG”. That fight failed to materialize, and O’Sullivan instead chose a showcase on ESPN against an overmatched Berlin Abreu.

 

Abreu had not fought in will over a year, and has campaigned as a welterweight before agreeing to face O’Sullivan at middleweight. Although he signed a contract to fight 10 rounds, he admitted his lack of conditioning would allow him only four or five competitive rounds. Yet, after that ringing self-endorsement he was green-lighted to kick off the Nationally televised ESPN broadcast as chief support to the Ryan Garcia – Jayson Velez main event.

 

O’Sullivan, wearing a kilt and sombrero entered the ring for the first time since stopping former top prospect Antoine Douglas. He is an entertaining fighter with the look of an opponent that would have been matched against Little Mac as the latter padded his record in pursuit of Mike Tyson in “Punch-out”. O’Sullivan sports a bald head and moustache that Danial Day Lewis would envy.

 

O’Sullivan (28-2, 20 KO) knew what he had in front of him, and wasted little time imposing his well against Abreu. Abreu was willing to trade for the first 2.5 rounds, but even his clean shots would deter O’Sullivan from marching forward.

 

Abreu would be deducted a point when he unapologetically spit out his mouthpiece in an attempt to get a breather. When the bell ran to end round three, his corner decided that he would have the rest of Cinco de Mayo weekend to catch his wind.

 

Abreu’s effort was booed by the fans that paid for the check he has no doubt already cashed.

 

For O’Sullivan, he gained more exposure, and his name will no doubt come up again in September as a possible opponent for Canelo Alvarez, as negotiations for Canelo-GGG 2 will no doubt be less than cordial.

 

Jason Pribila is a full voting member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. He could be reached for questions or comments at pribs2000@gmail.com and followed on twitter.com @PribsBoxing.

 




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